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Texas: Rodney Reed granted indefinite stay of execution

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Stay of execution came just hours after parole board unanimously recommended 120-day reprieve
The Texas death row prisoner Rodney Reed was granted a stay of execution on Friday, 5 days before he was scheduled to be put to death for a murder he insists he did not commit.
The Texas court of criminal appeals blocked the execution indefinitely and sent the case back to the trial court in Bastrop county, where Reed was sentenced in 1998 for the murder of Stacey Stites two years earlier.
The court had previously rejected multiple appeals, but Reed’s lawyers argued that fresh evidence bolstered his claim of innocence. 
They said in a statement that they “are extremely relieved and thankful … this opportunity will allow for proper consideration of the powerful and mounting new evidence of Mr Reed’s innocence”.
Millions of people, including a clutch of celebrities, have rallied behind Reed’s cause, helping to generate momentum and public attention as the execution date of 20 November loomed an…

Saudi Arabia: convicted murderer beheaded

January 8, 2008: Saudi Arabia beheaded a convicted murderer, the interior ministry said, the first such execution of 2008.

The ministry statement said Saleh bin Ali bin Abdallah bin Hassan Bani Hamim had shot dead Jaber bin Mubarak al-Oujan Bani Hamim after a dispute. He was executed by the sword in the southeast Najran region, said the statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency.

Source: AFP, 08/01/2008

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